By William Schomberg and David Milliken LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's public finances showed a much bigger than expected deficit in September, a setback for finance minister Philip Hammond as he prepares to deliver the country's first budget plans since the Brexit vote. Investors are nervous about the prospect of an acrimonious British departure from the European Union, and Friday's figures may limit Hammond's ability to cushion the blow of the referendum result via higher spending or tax cuts. Britain ran a budget shortfall - excluding state-owned banks - of 10.6 billion pounds ($13.0 billion) last month, 14.5 percent higher than the deficit in the same month last year, the Office for National Statistics said.
By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Congolese state security services shot, burned, beat and hacked to death at least 48 civilians and reportedly hired thugs to attack protests last month against the extension of President Joseph Kabila's mandate, the United Nations said on Friday. The death toll of the two days of violence in the capital Kinshasa, which also included four police officers killed by protesters and one other civilian, was higher than during the 2011 electoral process, the U.N. Joint Human Rights Office in Congo (UNJHRO) said in a report. Democratic Republic of Congo's government spokesman and justice minister could not be immediately reached for comment and a police spokesman said he had not yet seen the report.